The Lovely Lady of Dalamar St.

On September 13, 1938 entered into the world
to John and Lucy Hopkins
a beautiful baby girl
The youngest of four
as pretty as a pearl
They named their beloved only daughter Merle.
With three older brothers
she grew up a feisty thing
on the back road called Brooke
in Sandy Spring.
A wife, mother, an In-law, grandmother and great-grandmother she became
She loved all her family and friends
one in the same.
A numbers player, a card shark, an avid Redskins fan
Traveling on casino bus trips and away games
were always a vacation plan.
On Dalamar Street in Gaithersburg
is where she made her humble home
with frequent visitors and callers
she lived by herself, but never alone.
Peeping out her window
one can easily see,
she’d open the door with a smile,
“Hi babe!  I’m so glad you came to see me.”
To enter her place was the same as her heart.
Sit down to a meal, good conversation, smiles, love and laughter always a part.
She responded to the needs of others
in spite of her own pain
because she always said if she helped somebody
her living was not in vain.
Life long lessons with loving wisdom she gave.
Always the epitome of good manners, classy etiquette and how to behave.
When it comes to wardrobe,
no need to be a beauty queen.
Make sure your colors match
and your a-s-s is clean.
She operated in truth
and with a sound made up mind.
Try as you might to change it.
You’d be wasting your time.
If she heard these verses
written by me, her only granddaughter
she would say: “It’s beautiful doll baby, but could you make it shorter?”
Her way was the best way
to make any task complete.
We couldn’t help but love
Merle Elaine Hopkins Mullen
the lovely lady on Dalamar Street.